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  • [World News]Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased08/16 15:30

    The Russian military says the number of drone attacks on its main base in Syria has increased......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Teens targeted, dozens killed in suicide blast08/16 13:30

    At least 34 people were killed in a suicide attack targeting an education center in Kabul Wednesday, according to a government official. Among the victims were thought to be dozens of teenagers studying English. ......Search More News

  • [Top Story]US voices alarm over Russia satellite's 'very abnormal behaviour'08/16 13:30

    The United States has voiced concern about Russia’s launch of a mysterious satellite that is exhibiting “very abnormal behaviour”, raising suspicions about Moscow’s pursuit of new space weapons. The Russian government has insisted the satellite is a “space apparatus inspector”, but an American official said the object’s movements in orbit were “inconsistent with anything seen before” in that capacity. “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” said Yleem Poblete, US assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance.......Search More News

  • [World News]Genoa collapse: Hundreds more bridges 'at risk' across Italy as ministers blast highways firm08/16 13:11

    Up to 300 bridges, viaducts and tunnels in Italy are at risk of structural failure, experts warned, as the death toll from the collapse of a bridge in Genoa rose to 39, including three children. There were fears that the number of fatalities could rise further. Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, said it was hard to tell how many people were still unaccounted for simply because they were on holiday or “under the rubble”. He said the tragedy demonstrated the importance of increasing investments and hinted that EU spending limits could put lives at risk. "If external constraints prevent us from spending to have safe roads and schools, then it really calls into question whether it makes sense to follow these rules," Mr Salvini, who leads the eurosceptic League party, said. "There can be no trade-off between fiscal rules and the safety of Italians." The European Union pushed back against suggestions EU budget rules might be to blame.  "We will not engage in any political finger pointing," the European Commission, the EU's executive in Brussels, said. The commission in Brussels said Italy was receiving billions of euros under the bloc's multi-annual budget for infrastructure investment and was "one of the main beneficiaries of the flexibility" under the 28-nation bloc's fiscal rules. British couple Genoa bridge collapse Around 70 per cent of Italy’s 15,000 motorway bridges and tunnels are more than 40 years old, many of them built during the post-war boom but now carrying far more traffic than they were designed for. Lack of investment, poor maintenance and, in some cases, the involvement of mafia-run building companies that use poor quality concrete to increase profits, could all contribute to disasters like the one in Genoa. “They have problems that, if not addressed in time, could potentially lead to structural failures,” a leading structural engineer told La Repubblica newspaper. “The problem is not so much knowing which structures are at risk, but having the money to finance repairs and maintenance,” said the expert, who asked for anonymity because he works for a company that assesses public infrastructure. Among the structures at risk was the Magliana Bridge in Rome, between the city centre and the capital’s busiest airport, Fiumicino, he said. Italy’s CNR civil engineering society said that many structures dating from the 1960s, when the Morandi Bridge was built, had surpassed their lifespan. It called for a “Marshall Plan" to repair or replace tens of thousands of Italian bridges and viaducts built in the post-war period. As investigators began to study what may have caused a 260ft-long portion of the raised motorway in Genoa to collapse, sending around 35 cars and several trucks plummeting to the ground, Italy’s populist government blamed the private company that managed it. Luigi Di Maio, deputy prime minister and the leader of the Five Star Movement, accused Autostrade per l’Italia of chasing profits at the expense of public safety. “Instead of investing money for maintenance, they divide the profits and that is why the bridge falls," he said. Autostrade, which operates nearly 2,000 miles of Italian motorways, is controlled by the Benetton group through its holding company, Atlantia. Mr Di Maio accused previous Italian governments of turning a blind eye to the upkeep of the country’s motorways because of political contributions. Fire crews told The Telegraph 'we are not going to stop searching' “For the first time there is a government that does not take money from Benetton. Autostrade was protected by previous governments,” he said. “If the bridge was dangerous, then they should have closed it.” The government said it wanted to revoke the contract awarded to Autostrade and hit the company with a massive fine of 150 million euros. "The first thing that should happen is that the heads of Autostrade per l'Italia should step down. And given that there have been breaches (of contract), I announce that we have begun the process for the eventual revocation of their contract and a fine of 150 million euros,” transport minister Danilo Toninelli said on Facebook. Autostrade insisted the bridge had been “constantly monitored” and refuted accusations that it had not invested enough in maintenance. "In the last five years the company's investment in the security, maintenance and strengthening of the network has been over one billion euros a year," it said. Cars and trucks are left on a section of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa Credit: Nicola Marfisi/AP As the coalition, which consists of Five Star and the hard-Right League party, called for heads to roll, it emerged that in 2013 the founder of Five Star had opposed plans to build a new motorway that would have alleviated pressure on the Morandi bridge. Beppe Grillo, the founder of Five Star, dismissed warnings that the bridge could collapse as “a fairy tale” on his widely-read blog. When the plans for the new motorway were blocked, one leading industrialist predicted that the Genoa bridge would fail. “When, in 10 years’ time, the Morandi bridge collapses, and everyone is stuck in traffic jams for hours, we’ll need to remember the names of those who said no (to the project),” said Giovanni Calvini, who was then regional president of Confindustria, an employers’ association. Rescue personnel use cranes to sort through debris from the Morandi motorway bridge Credit: VALERY HACHE/ AFP Arcangelo Merella, a former member of Genoa city council with responsibility for transport, said: “I was saying that the bridge was at risk, that it was no longer adequate and that there was the need to find an alternative because the traffic was becoming heavier all the time.” As Genoa’s mayor declared two days of mourning, there was anger among locals over the fact that repeated warnings about the safety of the bridge went unheeded. Several locals told The Telegraph that the structure shook noticeably when trucks rolled across it and many residents worried about crossing over and under it. The bridge had to withstand more than 25 million vehicle crossings a year, with traffic volumes quadrupling in the last 30 years. A truck is perched on the remaining section of the collapsed Morandi bridge Credit:  STEFANO RELLANDINI/ REUTERS The number of vehicles using the bridge was expected to grow by 30 per cent over the next 30 years. An engineering report released in 2009 studied the possibility of the bridge being demolished because of concerns over its structural integrity. “The city is sad and of course the mourning comes first, but the city is also angry, because for years we have talked about substituting this bridge and it was never done,” said Paolo Maggio, a 46-year-old taxi driver. “This will be a huge hit for the economy – it will impact cargo traffic to and from the airport, the ports, to France. For months, Genoa will be cut in half.” Andrea Rescin, one of the first local residents to call the emergency services after the bridge crashed to the ground, said: “It sounded like a bomb had gone off, the first thing I thought was that it was an explosion.” Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, declared a state of emergency for Genoa, one of the country’s busiest ports, whose main land corridor with France has now effectively been severed. He also announced five million euros of funds going into recovery work.......Search More News

  • [World News]Former Indian PM Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies08/16 12:30

    Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and traveled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was admitted said in a statement. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Islamic State group claims responsibility for the suicide blast that struck a Shiite area in Kabul, killing 34 students08/16 10:21

    Islamic State group claims responsibility for the suicide blast that struck a Shiite area in Kabul, killing 34 students......Search More News

  • [World News]Section of American WWII destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island08/16 10:21

    Some 75 years after a blast from a Japanese mine ripped through the USS Abner Read, a team of scientists says they've discovered the missing stern.......Search More News

  • [World News]Spate of Deadly Violence Darkens Peace Prospects in Afghanistan08/16 08:31

    A blast that killed scores of students capped an extraordinary week of violence in Afghanistan, dimming what the U.S. and Afghan governments had considered real prospects for a cease-fire and peace talks with the Taliban.......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Trump loosens limits on when U.S. can deploy cyber weapons: WSJ08/16 08:10

    President Donald Trump took steps on Wednesday to loosen limits on when the U.S. government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries, reversing Obama-era guidelines, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. ......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Kabul attack: Teens targeted, dozens killed in suicide blast08/16 02:51

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  • [World]After Saudi Air Strike Kills 44 Children, Members of Congress Finally Start to Worry About Our Role in Yemen - Splinter08/16 01:41

    SplinterAfter Saudi Air Strike Kills 44 Children, Members of Congress Finally Start to Worry About Our Role in YemenSplinterThe current civil war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia is one of the worst humanitarian crises on Earth. Air strikes by Saudi Arabia, helped along by U.S. intelligence, weapons, and troops, have killed more than 5,000 ...Fighting in Yemen kills 18 civiliansABC Newsall 55 news articles »......Search More News

  • [World News]Syria Dispatch: ‘There Are No Girls Left’: Syria’s Christian Villages Hollowed Out by ISIS08/15 15:50

    While calm has returned to a Christian area of Syria ravaged by the Islamic State, the traumatized people have not, with whole villages emptied. “There are so few of us,” says a church official.......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Prosecutors blast 'Manafort’s lies' in closing arguments against ex-Trump campaign chairman08/15 15:10

    Prosecutors in the bank and tax fraud case against Paul Manafort used their closing arguments on Wednesday to paint the former Trump campaign chairman as a chronic liar, telling jurors Manafort is “not above the law.”......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Arizona father beats, kills man who followed his daughter into bathroom stall, police say - Fox News08/15 15:00

    Fox NewsArizona father beats, kills man who followed his daughter into bathroom stall, police sayFox NewsAn Arizona father decided to “take care of a situation” his own way when he killed a man who attempted to enter a bathroom stall his daughter was in, police said. Melvin Harris III, 40, faces a second-degree murder charge in the beating death of Leon ...Dad accused of killing a man who tried to enter his daughter's bathroom stallUSA TODAYPD: Man who followed teen into Phoenix restroom beaten to death by girl's fatherABC15 ArizonaPD: Phoenix father fatally beats man who tried to enter daughter's bathroom stallAZFamilyWorldNow Imagesall 191 news articles »......Search More News

  • [World News]The Latest: Death toll in Kabul suicide blast rises to 4808/15 14:51

    The Latest: Afghanistan's Health Ministry says death toll from Kabul bombing in Shiite area rises to 48......Search More News

  • [World News]Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack08/15 14:31

    Many of those killed are believed to be teenagers who were preparing for university entrance exams.......Search More News

  • [World News]Death toll from Afghan blast reaches 48: health ministry08/15 14:31

    The death toll from a suicide blast at an educational centre in a mainly Shi'ite area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday reached 48, with another 67 wounded, the health ministry said. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Kabul suicide bomber kills 25 in tuition centre attack08/15 14:21

    Many of those killed are believed to be teenagers who were preparing for university entrance exams.......Search More News

  • [World News]Northern Ireland marks 20 years since deadly Omagh blast08/15 14:11

    Bereaved families are marking the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bombing, the deadliest attack in Northern Ireland's four decades of violence......Search More News

  • [World News]India launches first all-female SWAT team08/15 14:10

    India's first all-female Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team took to the streets of New Delhi this week as the country marked 71 years of independence.......Search More News

  • [National]Arizona father beats, kills man who followed his daughter into bathroom stall, police say08/15 14:10

    An Arizona father decided to “take care of a situation” his own way when he killed a man who attempted to enter a bathroom stall his daughter was in, police said.......Search More News

  • [World News]WATCH: LA will be first US city to use subway station body scanners08/15 14:00

    The body scanners can screen passengers for weapons and explosives, even from a distance, officials said.......Search More News

  • [World News]Turkey's Erdogan and Germany's Merkel discussed to improve ties: Turkish presidential source08/15 13:51

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Syria during a phone call on Wednesday, a presidential source said. ......Search More News

  • [World News]WATCH: LA to be first US city to install subway body scanners08/15 13:40

    The body scanners will screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said.......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Coordinated anti-Trump editorials 'sure to backfire,' critic warns08/15 13:40

    Hundreds of newspapers will blast President Trump with coordinated editorials Thursday aimed at defending the mainstream media against his attacks, but at least one prominent political watchdog thinks the synchronized, “stupid pro-press assignment” will backfire.......Search More News

  • [World News]The Latest: Suicide blast in Shiite area in Kabul kills 2508/15 13:30

    The Latest: Afghan spokesman says death toll in Kabul suicide blast that targeted a Shiite neighborhood rises to 25......Search More News

  • [World]The Latest: Suicide blast in Shiite area in Kabul kills 25 - ABC News08/15 13:30

    ABC NewsThe Latest: Suicide blast in Shiite area in Kabul kills 25ABC NewsThe Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):. 5:30 p.m.. The Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman says the death toll from a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite neighborhood in Kabul has risen to 25.The Afghan Army's Last Stand at Chinese CampNew York TimesAfghan City Gauges Toll After Taliban SiegeWall Street JournalAfghanistan: Dozens of security forces killed in Taliban attackAljazeera.comall 1,007 news articles »......Search More News

  • [World]Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain due - Reuters08/15 13:30

    ReutersWorst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain dueReutersKOCHI, India (Reuters) - The death toll from the worst floods in nearly a century in the Indian tourist state of Kerala rose to 43 on Wednesday as rising water stranded tens of thousands of people and forced the closure of one of its main airports ...Kerala Floods LIVE: 27 Dead in One Day, Cochin Airport Shut, PM Modi Says Ready to Provide Any AssistanceNews18Kerala floods live updates: Death toll rises to 42; IMD issues red alertTimes of India (blog)all 490 news articles »......Search More News

  • [World News]At least 25 killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital Kabul08/15 13:21

    A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in front of an educational center in a mainly Shi'ite area in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, officials said. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Death toll from Afghan blast reaches 25: health ministry08/15 13:10

    The death toll from a suicide blast at an educational center in a mainly Shi'ite area of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday reached 25, with another 35 wounded, the health ministry said. ......Search More News